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2012 any four discs?
Once daily golf ends, it's the end of the season and I've been thinking about next year. January's coming up and I'll have satisfied my committment to play four disc all year. Probably the final count will be five rounds all year carrying a bag. JK, Roc, Eagle, Valkyrie. It's been a great year and a surprisingly successful experiment. Played a four round PDGA and won grandmasters. Played the Great 8 (carried a bag at Buckhorn). The other four bag-carrying rounds were at Lake Wilson. Otherwise, 4 discs - no problem. Maybe could have shaved a few strokes with a Firebird a few times.
Carrying 4 discs in my hands is probably here to stay. A lot of the time at least. I have a nice bag though and some very nice discs that aren't my regular bunch.
How about a DX BB Aviar, DX Roc, KC Cheetah, P-PD?
Hmmm... BB Aviar, DX Roc, SEX, Pro Valk?
Or maybe a bag full-o-discs? All the kool kids seem to do it?
I've gotta admit it. I have a bag of discs packed and it looks like fun.
Two more weeks of my 4-disc committment and I think I'm looking forward to toting a bag around a little.
Handful of discs still rules.
As I've been thinking about it, one thing that's really struck me is that you hear people saying they play casual with a handful of frisbees but need the bag for tourneys. In my head I'm thinking that's backwards for me. I think you want to keep things simple in competition and use a handful of discs. A bagful of choices is for fooling around in casual play.
Happy New Year! So I went out this morning to play a round with a bag. Hated it. Seemed like more trouble today than I remember. Using a bag certainly didn't help my game! At a course where I usually shoot under par, I threw a +7.
Shot another round in the late afternoon using four discs again. Trying out new year changes, I used a DX BB Aviar, a fairly fresh Roc, a new P-PD, and a new Pro Valk. Shot +1 and enjoyed it so much more.
I'll probably give using a bag another try or two, but today's experience makes it seem like bags and me don't get along anymore.
All right. A few weeks into 2012, so I'm starting to get a picture of what this coming season might be like. Hand carrying 4 discs is certainly here to stay. Probably around 75% of the time.
I have remembered how to enjoy carrying a bag though. Stick a 40oz in the water bottle holder! Works like a charm. Even seems like the enjoyment of those rounds carries over to more serious rounds. Played the local Ice Bowl yesterday and carried a bag like all the other dudes.
I experimented a bit with using something other than DX Valks, Eagles, and Rocs but I don't think I like it. Instead I've got fresh DX discs for 2012. It's easy to forget how much fun a fresh Eagle is since they last so long. It's been over six months since the last freshie.
One big change to my 4 favs this year though. I'm putting with a Wizard this year. The local club got a sweet Gateway deal and offered club stamped putters and minis with membership. I like using the club putter and the matching mini is pretty cool. Wizards feel a wee bit different than the BB Aviars, but fly just the same. I was thinking of using a stiffer DX anyway and the stiffness of the SS I got is really nice. Still warm up and practice with this set of 3 DX BB Aviars and it takes no thought at all switching to the Wizard.
Sonny, you're pretty inspirational.
I do carry a small, homemade bag (its just like the nutsac except canvas, holds 6).
And last time I went out (the Des Moines Ice Bowl) I realized I only threw 4 of them anyway!
My buddy who ended up on the same card as me for the first round actually said to me, "Scott, I just can't understand how a guy that has so many discs can carry so few."
I like the simplicity. I just don't always like a lot of choices.
I'm not the kind of golfer who needs a different mold for each type of shot, either.
I only throw a few different kinds of shots anyway, I have a beginners backhand and a good forehand.
It was neat to read about your adventures with and without a bag and I look forward to hearing more about your 4 disc adventures.
I bet you'll love that Wizard. When I'm carrying an OS putter, I usually take a stable or understable mid and make my Wizard or Ridge function as my OS mid. I think that's a great way to carry one less disc.
Later - Scott
I think my four discs would be:
Sometimes its a utility disc, not usually, though.
Sometimes its a higher speed driver, but I cant throw really fast stuff very well.
Some times its another Eagle! One light and one heavy.
I also like Vikings, Wraiths, a Sword, Northman, Striker, TL, River or the Vision.
It can depend on the wind/weather, too.
4 discs rules!
I made another honest attempt to play with a bag like my disc golfing friends do a couple weeks ago. Carrying a bag just doesn't help my scores. You'd think there would be advantages to having a bag full of plastic at your disposal, but I just don't find any competitive advantage. So it's just more trouble than it's worth for me. Except for rounds at a course with a high 'lost disc factor', I think I'm done with using a bag. Well... maybe to carry the beer for casual drinking rounds, so maybe I need to look for a cooler with a nice pocket to fit the discs in.
But I have come up with multiple 4 disc line ups. A putter and a Roc go in all line ups, but I've been having fun with multiple driver selections. The other day, I went with an 'all orange' collection just for the fun of it.
It really is the Indian and not the Arrow.
Hey sonny, I currently play with 3 discs, believe it or not, but I'm definitely open to a fourth if it will improve my game. Right now I'm carrying a DX birdie (I also have an R-Pro aviar, but I like the birdie better), a Z-Buzzz, and a 4x JK Pro Valk that's slightly beat in. I can throw about 300 feet consistently, and I'm getting just enough power where I can't release the valk flat anymore or it'll turn too much. What would you suggest for a fourth disc?
My advice is to play with the discs that work for you. Maybe three discs is all you need? Just pay attention when you play and see if you ever find yourself in a situation where you don't have a disc that will do what you need. If there's a gap in your game, you might need a disc to help fill it.
I often play with three discs at shorter courses. But most of the time I'm using four discs because I'm a noodle-armed old guy. To get a disc out over 250 feet, I need to use something pretty understable like a beat DX Valkyrie. I feel I can control flippy plastic pretty well but I also need something that's stable. That's usually an Eagle, but there's a few others I sub in once in awhile.
As I say, use what works for you. I tried using three discs, but I couldn't find one driver that could give me max distance with good control. I can play up to my potential with just three molds, using a 170 Star Sidewinder for control and a 150 Champ SW for distance, but I can't seem to pull it off with just three discs. I can get pretty close using just a Beast as my only driver, but I find I score a bit better using two drivers.
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